These inspiring individuals bring their expertise, passion, and commitment to the forefront of the fight against GBV, making your event an essential platform for dialogue and change.

Their thought-provoking presentations will shed light on the pressing issues surrounding GBV, empower survivors, and drive us all towards a future free from violence.

Josina Machel

Josina Machel holds an MSc degree in Sociology (Gender) from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a Bachelor of  Social  Science, Sociology and Political Science from the University of Cape Town, South Africa. Following a horrific domestic violence attack that left her blind in one eye, Ms. Machel founded the Kuhluka Movement, […]

  • Johannesburg, SA
  • GBV
Madeleine Black

Madeleine Black is an International Speaker, Patron for Say Women, Story Teller for The Forgiveness Project, Author of ‘Unbroken’ and Psychotherapist. Madeleine Black has an unusual personnel story which she uses to inspire and motivate others.  She chose to forgive the two men who gang raped her at thirteen years old and she shares her […]

  • Motivational
Silvia Vasquez-Lavado

Born and raised in Lima, Peru as a child Silvia Vasquez-Lavado endured a period of sexual violence that would haunt her for much of her adult life. Nearly 30 years later, while attending a meditation retreat in Peru, she had a vision of reconnecting to her inner child and the two of them walking in […]

  • Miami, FL
  • Inspiration
Alison Botha

Alison Botha is a remarkable survivor and motivational speaker from South Africa. She gained international recognition for her inspiring story of resilience and overcoming adversity. In 1994, Alison Botha was brutally attacked and assaulted by two men who left her for dead on the outskirts of Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Despite sustaining multiple life-threatening injuries, […]

  • George, SA
  • Empowerment
Tracy Going

Tracy Going who co-anchored “Morning Live” on SABC2, previously the anchor on GMSA began her radio career in 1992 as the Morning News Anchor for Radio Metro, a position she held for 10 years. Tracy has been seen on our television screens hosting the following programmes ‘Lebone’, ‘One Step Beyond’, ‘Private and Confidential’ and ‘The […]

  • East London, EC
  • GBV
Zoleka Mandela

Zoleka Mandela is fully committed to her role as a mother; breast cancer survivor and road safety activists. Zoleka Mandela’s life is a story she believes will change many lives. The unexpected and tragic loss of two of her children; Zenani Mandela (June 11th 2010) and Zenawe Mandela (June 23rd 2011) surpassed her early breast […]

  • Johannesburg, SA
  • Cancer

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